South Carolina June 27, 2017
5 Quick Road Trips In South Carolina You Can Take This Weekend
Feeling the need for adventure? We all get that way occasionally. If you’re in the mood for a quick trip this weekend but don’t want to go too far, here are five options that’ll get you out of town – and out of your rut – this weekend:
1. Brookgreen Gardens
was named by TripAdvisor as one of the Top Ten Gardens in the U.S. But that's not all: TripAdvisor reviewers rank it as the Top Outdoor Attraction in South Carolina. Created in 1934 by Anna Hyatt Huntington and Archer Huntington, the gardens showcase the largest collection in the world of outdoor figurative sculptures by American artists. Stroll through the semi-formal gardens enjoying the sculptures, fountains and flowers as you marvel at how this national historic landmark has been here in our backyard all this time.
When you're finished, head down the road to another coastal South Carolina experience:
"The Hammock Shops
2. Table Rock State Park
Table Rock is one of the largest natural landmarks in South Carolina. She was named by the indians who used to inhabit the area who believed the rock was the dining surface for the Gods of what we now call the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the 1930s the CCC created a state park built around the rock, complete with waterfall hiking trails and a challenging - but doable -
hike all the way to the top
. From the top
you can see for miles and miles
3. Hunting Island Lighthouse
Just six months ago, South Carolina's beloved Hunting Island State Park was devastated by Hurricane Matthew. So much so, that most of the park has been closed until just a few weeks ago.
But we're happy to say that the state's most visited state park is once again open for business! After the close call, you won't want to let another season go by without jumping on the bandwagon by visiting this incredible state park. And if you've already been, then now that she's changed quite a bit due to the hurricane, this is the perfect time to get reacquainted with everyone's favorite lighthouse and park.
After, head back inland to
South Carolina's most naturally beautiful town
for more exploring and a bite to eat.
4. The Capital City
Columbia may be the most overlooked city in the state when it comes to out-of-state visitors who flock to the beaches and the mountains. But that just means there's more elbow room for natives to explore all the Capital City has to offer. Start with the oasis most non-Columbians don't even realize is there: the
Columbia Riverfront Park and Historic Columbia Canal
. Walk, run, bike or kayak/canoe your way through this amazing recreational resource.
Then, go explore the grounds surrounding the Governor's Mansion for free. You'll be amazed at how lovely
this secret garden
5. The largest stand of Rocky Shoals Spider Lillies in the nation
Landsford Canal State Park
is a popular destination for explorers who enjoy the history of South Carolina. The park includes the historic ruins of an old canal as well as the canal keepers house. But, during the summer months there is an
explosion of Rocky Shoal Spider Lillies
that's been known to cover 20-plus acres. It's a fantastic sight to see and a photographer's favorite.
If you still have some energy afterwards, then head East to Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve to
one of the most unique natural habitats
in the State of South Carolina.
Early Summer is perfect for exploring new places. Pack the sunscreen, some water and hit the road this weekend to one of these amazing places to discover new adventures in South Carolina.
Where do you go for a quick road trip on the weekends? We’d love to know in our comments!